LOCATION: Italy

See How These Creatives Turned A Luxury Wedding Conference Into A Dream Vacation
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27036
VENUE:
Borgo Egnazia
LOCATION:
Puglio
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Creative Conference
Laidback Luxury
Italian Villa
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

For those who haven’t heard about it, Engage! is a traveling event that brings together the wedding industry’s most creative minds in gorgeous settings around the world. Think of it as TedTalks but for people whose businesses depend on them knowing the ins and outs of the luxury market. Magazine editors, bloggers, planners, designers, and photographers from around the world gathered in Puglia, Italy for this year’s Engage!16 to discuss entrepreneurship, design, and more. And of course, they did it in total style, with a series of beautiful, thoughtful, and fun events hosted over three days’ time.

Brought on board as the official Engage!16 photographer, Betsi Ewing captured the stunning setting and the key events of the conference. Here’s the scoop straight from Betsi herself.

Words + Photography by Betsi Ewing

 

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A Locals Guide To Traveling Around South Tyrol
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27082
VENUE:
All Over South Tyrol
LOCATION:
South Tyrol
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Locals Guide To South Tyrol
Picturesque South Tyrol Destinations
All Over South Tyrol
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



It seems like any photo of South Tyrol could be a postcard. The Italian province is picturesque and dramatic with a rolling green landscape set against snowy peaks. Naturally, it’s a beloved destination for vacationers and adventurers, and it helps to have a local with recommendations. 24-year-old photographer Stefan Mahlknecht is one such guide. As his Instagram account wonderfully proves, he’s quite skilled behind the lens and his time is spent well outdoors around South Tyrol.

Having grown up hiking with his parents, Mahlknecht now spends his summers and falls trying to capture natural beauty, especially mountain scenery. Meanwhile, in the winter and spring, he mostly skies. “Skiing is my second big passion, after photography,” says Mahlknecht, “and I try to combine them more and more. Sometimes I get into a conflict where I don’t know if should shoot my friends while they’re skiing a great powder field or if I should rather ski down the mountainside by myself.” What better person to tell you how to make the most of a trip to South Tyrol? We thought the same thing and asked him for insider tips.

Photography: Stefan Mahlknecht

 

Discover South Tyrol With The Ultimate Local's Guide

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This Couple Just Hosted Everyone’s Dream Tuscan Villa Wedding
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26999
VENUE:
Villa Catureglio
LOCATION:
Tuscany, Italy
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Destination Wedding Week
Rustic, Modern Elegance
Ancient Italian Villa
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown


Tuscan villa weddings never cease to inspire. There’s something so magical about that fragrant Italian air, the rich history, and the gorgeous architecture. And Italians seem to host weddings with such an air of simplicity, like it’s no big deal to host a dinner party for fifty or sixty people outdoors, under the clear Tuscan sky. Sara and Patrick’s wedding at Villa Catureglio has us all in total fantasy land over here, what with the Chestnut hunt in the mountains, vineyard tours, and the gorgeous meals they celebrated with.

Sara and Patrick recently filled us in on all the details of their wedding planning from afar. They worked with the creative and brilliant duo, Elyse and Katie, at BW Theory in Austin to make all their great ideas into a reality.

Words by bride, Sara + Katie Moore of BW Theory | Photography by Matthew Moore Photography 


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A Time Traveler’s Dream Farmhouse Hidden in the Hills of Tuscany
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26742
VENUE:
Under The Tuscan Sun at Villa di Catignano
LOCATION:
Siena, Tuscany
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Romantic Italian Farmhouse
Siena Wine Country
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

When inspiration this good lands in our laps, it’s too hard not to fantasize about hopping on a plane to Europe tomorrow!  Photography guru Mike Larson teamed up with stylist and event planner, Jill LaFleur of LaFleur Weddings and Events, to host this eye-candy photography workshop in the hills of Tuscany.  

 

Villa-Catignano

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La Bandita : Tuscany, Italy
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 3045
VENUE:
La Bandita
LOCATION:
Pienza, Toscana
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Rustic-Meets-Rockstar
Rolling Sheep Filled Pastures
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner
La Bandita : Tuscany, Italy
La Bandita : Tuscany, Italy
La Bandita : Tuscany, Italy

The Report

Italy, oh Italy. You scream romance, rolling vineyards, beauty, and delicious food all in one. Have you ever heard of someone who doesn't love Italy? Take it a step further with Tuscany, Italy. Most of us girls will immediately think Diane Lane in 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. Ahhhh, transport us there NOW please! We don't think a wedding, elopement, getaway or soiree in Tuscany could go wrong. It's a fail–safe destination for a beautiful event.

One particular venue/villa that caught our eyes, is La Bandita, an old farmhouse that has been renovated with a modern twist on the inside while preserving it's old stone exterior. It sits upon a 1000 acre nature reserve in the rolling hills of southern Tuscany. It opened as a small villa style hotel in 2007 and they have been hosting parties and weddings in the summer months ever since.

As former event planners, we are extremely wary of the venues we select for destination events. Selecting the right venue in a far away setting is like dating, we need to have good relationship with the venue before we can commit. We typically analyze the 'about us' section on the website along with our e-mail correspondence. When we read the blurb from the owner on the website of La Bandita we instantly fell in love and wanted to commit. "If I ran for office in Italy, my campaign slogan would be “FREE CAPPUCCINO! FREE INTERNET! FREE WATER! You see, I like taking care of people, but I don’t like charging for every little thing…As a result, our rates include: Free Wi-Fi internet access, breakfast, as much cappuccino as you can drink, welcome glass of wine, unlimited free bottled water and soft drinks, and the wine I usually forget to charge people for"  Those three sentences make up the stuff event planning dreams are made of. With an attitude and disclaimer like that on a website, we cannot imagine how working with this venue would be anything but an enjoyable experience.

HISTORY LESSON: What does an international music executive do when he’s sick of his big time New York job? He quits his job and moves to Tuscany to open a small hotel!  After ten years of chasing rock stars around the world, John Voigtmann picked up and moved to Italy with his wife, who is a travel writer. After four years of searching, researching and renovating...  La Banditawas born.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: 2 hours from Rome airport and 1.5 hours from Florence, it's best to rent a car to get around the area.

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